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Wilmington University was founded in 1968 as Wilmington College by Dr. Donald E. Ross, beginning with a charter of 194 students. By 2006, the university grew to an enrollment of more than 10,000. The school gained university status in 2007. The school is located near the cities of Wilmington and historic New Castle, Delaware, with campuses also located in Middletown, Dover, Rehoboth, Brandywine and Georgetown. The school also has campuses in New Jersey and Maryland as well as a growing online campus.
Unlike many colleges, Wilmington University does not offer housing. Instead, student are commuters or attend the college through distance learning. U.S. News & World Report ranked Wilmington University among the top 200 Best Online Bachelor's Programs and as one of the best schools for education as well as nursing programs.
Wilmington University Accreditation Details
Wilmington University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education which indicates that the university meets or exceeds criteria that demonstrates institutional quality. In addition, specific programs are accredited by the following organizations or associations:
- American Bar Association
- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
- Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
- Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
- International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
Wilmington University Application Requirements
High school students who have not attended institutes of higher learning must submit an online application to Wilmington University along with official high school transcripts. Students must complete a Math and English Skills Assessment as well.
Transfer students with more than 15 credit hours must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. They must also submit an application for admission as well as the application fee. Students with less than 15 credit hours must submit an official high school transcript as well.
Graduate students must complete a graduate application for admission as well as official transcripts, one of which must verify the completion of a bachelor's degree or higher.
Wilmington University Tuition and Financial Aid
Undergraduate tuition varies depending on which campus the student plans to attend and are as follows:
- Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Campuses – $358 per credit hour
- New Castle, Middletown, Brandywine, Cecil and Online Campuses – $354 per credit hour
- Dover Campus – $305 per credit hour
- Georgetown and Rehoboth Campuses – $290 per credit hour
- McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Campuses and Active Duty Military – $250 per credit hour
Graduate tuition also varies at different campuses and are as follows:
- Burlington and Cumberland Campuses – $459 per credit hour
- New Castle, Middletown, Brandywine, Dover, Georgetown and Online Campuses – $455 per credit hour
- Dover Air Force Base, McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Campuses and Active Duty Military – $300 per credit hour
Doctorate tuition for all campuses and formats is $602 per credit hour.
Financial aid is available in the form of grants, scholarships, work-study and loan programs. Wilmington University also accepts VA Benefits and participates in the TEACH Grant Program. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year in order to qualify and must remain enrolled at least half-time within their degree program each semester in order to continue receiving federal student aid.
Wilmington University Online Degree Program(s) Available
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at Wilmington University provides students with a strong foundation in law enforcement leadership, including ethics and criminal behavior. The program is designed to help students enter advanced positions in the criminal justice system. Students are provided knowledge and skills in theoretical, practical and professional aspects of today's criminal justice industry. The curriculum provides instruction on current trends, policies and practices, preparing students to become scholarly practitioners in their chosen profession. Students are able to exercise critical thinking, problem solving, analysis and evaluation in the criminal justice setting. Students develop an understanding to statistics and how to apply them to criminal justice research while developing ethical principles, codes and standards. In addition to General Education requirements, courses required for the Criminal Justice undergraduate degree include:
- Administration of Criminal Justice Organizations
- Community Corrections
- Computer Operations in Criminal Justice
- Constitutional Law
- Corrections and Rehabilitation
- Criminal Evidence and Procedures
- Criminal Investigation
- Criminal Law
- Ethics in Criminal Justice
- Juvenile Justice
- Multicultural Issues in Criminal Justice
- Principles of Criminology
- Research Methods in Criminal Justice
- Seminars in Criminal Justice
- Survey of Criminal Justice
Master of Science in Administration of Justice
Wilmington University offers a Master of Science in Administration of Justice with three concentrations that allows students to specialize their graduate education. These include:
- Criminal Behavior – Students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to act as criminal justice practitioners in areas such as probation, parole, community corrections and judicial referral.
- Homeland Security – Students gain an understanding of modern terrorism, risk assessment and management as well as practical legal implications related to regional and national security.
- Leadership and Administration – Students develop the leadership and administrative skills necessary to manage criminal justice organizations.
The Master of Science in Administration of Justice is designed to create managers and scholars who will address the many complex issues of the criminal justice system as well as the private sector. Students are able to identify disciplines of research, theory and ethics in order to build knowledge based on individual interests and needs. Students are able to exercise critical thinking strategies and demonstrate flexible thinking with a results-oriented outlook. Students are able to recognize theoretical and practical approaches to the study of criminal justice as well as to design and interpret criminal justice research. Core requirements for all concentrations in the graduate degree include:
- Criminal Justice Ethics
- Criminological Theory
- Managing Diversity
- Research Methods in Criminal Justice
- Technology for Modern Policing
Students who choose the Criminal Behavior Concentration must also complete:
- Addiction Studies
- Mental Health and the Law
- Therapeutic Strategies for Criminal Justice Offenders
- Violent Crime
Students who choose the Homeland Security Concentration must also complete:
- Contemporary Issues in Homeland Security
- Legal Aspects of Homeland Security
- Risk Assessment and Management
Students who choose the Leadership and Administration Concentration must also complete:
- Crisis Management
- Police Executive Leadership
- Supervision and Management
- Workplace Law and Liability
Wilmington University offers programs that allow students who may have work, family or social obligations that prevent them from attending traditional classrooms to achieve their higher education goals, allowing them to move into a new career or advance in a current career.